THE DE-ELECTRIFICATION AND RE-ELECTRIFICATION OF HISTORIC LIGHTING FIXTURES AT WINTERTHUR MUSEUM
BEVERLY N. PERKINS
It is not within current Winterthur policy to electrify a collection object that has not already been used as a source of lighting for the collection. Collection objects should not be modified by drilled holes, applied soldered attachments, or adhesives on original surfaces in order to accommodate electrical wiring.
The conservators at Winterthur were fortunate to be able to work with engineers, electricians, Underwriter Laboratories, and conservation colleagues on this project. It is hoped that the presentation of some of the systems that were developed in this manner might prove useful to others needing to re-electrify lighting fixtures.
The author would like to thank Gregory Landrey, Michael S. Dixon, and Felice Jo Lamden for all the research they carried out before the project started and their constant support throughout the project. My thanks to Mary Jane Robinson, Veronica Domingo, and Chris Williams, who formed a talented conservation team. The input and support of curators Donald Fennimore, Patricia Halfpenny, and Wendy Cooper were invaluable, as was the work of Janice Carlson and Kate Duffy of the Winterthur Analytical Laboratory. A special thank-you to my husband, Dr. Randall A. Leisey, for his support of my working on one coast while living on the other. The following individuals contributed their invaluable assistance and insight: Ann Boulton, Herb Crossan, Karen Godwin, Richard Golon, Don Heller, Keith Jameson, Paul Koenig, Lisa Moberg, Steve Pine, Julie Randolph, Jason Rice, Julia Robinson, Rebecca Rudma, Sara Shpargel, and Emily Spivack.